Person: I made a sweater. You can have it for free if you like it.

Sweater using person: I like this sweater and I'm going to wear it. But I need the sleeves and neckline changed, and I want a different colour, and you're obligated to do it for me for free exactly like I want because you are a privileged and elitist person who knows how to make sweaters, while I, a sweater using person, do not have the time and energy to learn for myself the sweater making skills you were apparently born with.

@DialMforMara (now that I mention it though, I always kind of wish I had a reason to make tea cozies because some of them are adorable.)

@frankiesaxx
I mean, there are lots of ugly teapots out there. I almost bought one last week but decided to get a better strainer instead

@DialMforMara we got rid of our ugly teapot. I found a beauuuuuutiful giant blue handmade pottery one in a second hand shop and promptly got rid of the pink granny pot.

@frankiesaxx
I should go teapot thrifting. It's not usually a thing I look for at Goodwill.

@DialMforMara
my favourite charity shop teapot find was at the recycling center - there are four more cups as well. I was like NEED DIS and managed to get it home intact on my bicycle! :)

@frankiesaxx
That was to be sympathetic, on the assumption that the sweater thing happened to you

@DialMforMara No, fortunately! Hahah I'd be like, "Give me back my sweater! You don't deserve my sweater!"

It was more a metaphor for how people treat intellectual & creative projects. Like no one (well hardly anyone) would do that to someone making a sweater or something tangible, while the same person might think nothing of demanding things like free software or fanart/fic are adjusted for their taste.

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